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KitchenAid Brewers - Other - Karen Chuplis's Review
Posted: June 16, 2002, 4:22pm
review rating: 6.5
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Lance Goffinet 9.00
George Wachsmuth 8.25
Steven Tock 8.18
John F 7.00
Scott Robinson 6.50

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 10.0
Product Reviewed: Ultra 4 cup
Manufacturer: KitchenAid Quality: 10
Average Price: Varies Usability: 10
Price Paid: $30.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Yonkers Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 1 month Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: Just starting Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Black and Decker Thermal (ooold)
Bottom Line: The drip coffee maker for the person who wants a GOOD cup of joe.
Positive Product Points

Small, attractive, makes very good coffee.

Negative Product Points

None so far.

Detailed Commentary

OK, here is my new extremely researched small appliance that I added to my home. The Kitchen Aid 4 cup ultra coffee maker. After finding three recommendations by real coffee afficianados (who won't touch most drip makers made in the U.S.A) I can recommend this as well for making a really, really, good cup of coffee. Small, so it makes about two mugs, but most of us don't really need a whole 12 cup pot and hey, it's quick just make another. It truly does make a good cup. Apparently this is because it has dual heating elements and actually heats the water to the 195-200 degree heat needed to really release the correct flavor of your carefully ground ambrosia nuggets. I couldn't believe it!

They tell me that the grind is the other really important part and the whirly blade grinders make too big of a variety in the grind for good results, but if you don't have a burr grinder (like me...yet) I discovered that to help you get more uniform grounds, put a few more beans in than you will need and after you grind your coffee (15 seconds for drip) put it into a yogurt strainer (3 bucks at your local kitchen specialty store) and keep tapping. The little dust falls out, the smallest ground go to the bottom. Scoop from the yogurt strainer. The more evenly ground pieces are at the top (some physics thing I figure).

I can now make better regular coffee than I can get in any coffee shop. I still cannot, and probably will not attempt espresso at home (too much equipment needed for a really good shot) but I really don't care. Now that I can make a good cup of coffee myself, I am less prone to going and getting a latte at my favorite shop so often. The ultra is only around 30 US dollars. A great investment if coffee is precious to you :)

Karen

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